About

The Creative Dementia Arts Network is a charity, based in Oxford but with a national reach.  Our vision is of a society in which people with dementia can engage fully with the creative arts and culture, wherever they live.

We do this by providing specialist information and education programmes for arts practitioners, staff in arts organisations and arts venues, and for non-arts staff in health and social care, academia and government agencies.

Since 2012, Creative Dementia Arts Network (CDAN) has enriched the lives of over 8000 people with dementia through provision of skilled expertise in arts and dementia for over 4000 arts practitioners, health and social care professionals, care staff and researchers.

CDAN is now embarking on the further development of FLOURISH, the arts and dementia professional development programme for arts practitioners and other professional and care staff using creative arts to work with people with dementia and their carers.  The FLOURISH programme consists of a 2-day in depth workshop that includes learning about dementia, relationship skills, arts session planning and reflective practice.  FLOURISH trainees then go on to apply learning to practice in care homes, day centres, community centres or arts venues.  All trainees receive mentoring, supervision and a copy of the comprehensive FLOURISH Handbook.  

CDAN other activities include its popular national conferences, conference presentations, development and support for local creative dementia networks, and consultancy for organisations wishing to develop creative arts services for people with dementia.

CDAN is run by Maria Pasiecznik Parsons (Chief Executive).  Kate Wilklinson is Music Lead, and one of a group of CDAN associates.  

CDAN Board of Trustees:   Elizabeth Mills OBE (chair),  Marion Fiddes CPFA (Treasurer), Emma Carter Lewis (Health Giving, King’s College London), Alex Coulter (Director, Arts and Health South West), Dan Knowles (CEO, Oxfordshire MIND) and Marcus Richards (Programme Leader, MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, UCL) 

CDAN Patron: Nicci Gerrard, the journalist, author and campaigner whose recent book What Dementia Teaches us about Love draws on her experience of caring for her father and the founding of John’s Campaign that has contributed to more compassionate care for people with dementia in hospital wards, offering more flexible visiting hours for family members.

The website is in development so do get in touch with CDAN at [email protected] for advice about any aspect of arts and dementia, information about the charity and its work, consultancy including project management, professional development and training, evaluation or support in developing participatory arts for people with dementia.